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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1998 Jul;79(7):832-7.

Strength and pain measures associated with lateral epicondylitis bracing.

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School of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the effect of bracing on measures of pain-free grip strength and pain scores in individuals with unilateral lateral epicondylitis through a comparison of two elbow braces, a placebo brace, and a no-brace situation.

DESIGN:

Repeated-measures design in which the subjects acted as their own controls.

SETTING:

A clinical research laboratory at a hand and upper limb clinic.

PATIENTS:

Fifty individuals diagnosed by a physician with unilateral lateral epicondylitis, having symptoms for at least 3 weeks, were recruited from the community.

INTERVENTIONS:

The braces studied were the Count'R-Force Tennis Elbow Brace, the Body Glove Airprene Elbow Support, and a placebo brace that consisted of a modified DePuy Levy Clinic Patella Strap.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Pain-free grip strength measured using an NK Biotechnical Corporation Hand Assessment System DIGIT-grip Device and pain scores measured on a visual numeric rating scale.

RESULTS:

No significant differences in pain-free grip strength or pain were observed between any of the test situations (p > .05). Pain during the test, however, was greater than pain before or after the test (p < .05).

CONCLUSIONS:

When tests were completed on one occasion with the brace on, no advantages of elbow bracing were detected. Whether bracing is effective when used as a treatment technique for an extended period of time should be addressed in future research.

PMID:
9685101
DOI:
10.1016/s0003-9993(98)90366-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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